WHO WANTS TO READ A FREE HORROR NOVEL!!!

I have just released my latest novel, “The Diary Of Jane,” on Amazon Kindle and in print and from October 10th until the 13th I am offering the Kindle version for free!! I am looking to obtain a few honest reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. Tell your friends about it! I am hoping to get as many reviews as I can! So sit back in your comfiest chair, pull out your Kindle or phone and enjoy a free horror novel this October that is sure to give you shivers, even to the bravest of souls!

For the first time ever in print, K. R. Lane’s original nightmare, “The Diary Of Jane.” The story of a troubled girl, a haunted mansion, and the relentless wrath of a vengeful spirit.

19 year old, Kelley Stockman, haunted by the death of her parents since it happened three years prior. After her family inherited a mansion, she starts to experience the spirit of a little girl who appears to be trying to warn her about opening a door. Looking for answers, she uses an Ouija board to contact the other side, but instead, she unleashes the spirits of a satanic cult. Now, her only chance for survival lies in the 80-year old diary of the Cult’s final victim. The diary of Jane Worthright.

Also includes:
The first two chapters of K. R. Lane’s new novel, “The Paranormal Project”
and
Writing The Diary: K. R. Lane’s personal thoughts and inspirations behind, “The Diary Of Jane

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New Horror for under $1.50 CND!!

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For the first ever, my original novel has been, re-written, released and made available in print!

Kelley Stockman has been haunted by the deaths of her parents that happened three years prior. After her family inherited a mansion, Kelley starts to experience the spirit of a little girl who warns her about opening a door. Looking for answers, she uses an Ouija board to contact the other side, but instead, she unleashes the spirits of a Satanic Cult. Now, her only chance for survival lies in the 80- year old diary of the Cult’s final victim. The diary of Jane Worthright.

The novel has been released on Amazon Kindle for only $1.49 CND which is only $1.19 USD! A cup of coffee costs more than this spine-chilling novel!

Don’t like Kindle? That’s okay because it is also available in print!

I have also included 2 chapters of my upcoming novel, “The Paranormal Project” as well as the Inspirations and thoughts I had behind the writing of, “The Diary Of Jane” !!

All of this still not enough to grab your interest? Do you really not want to choose between this new horror novel and a cup of coffee? Well, from October 10th till the 13th, you don’t have too. because I’m offering it free of charge!! Enjoy a new paranormal thriller this Halloween!

An Update On ‘Paranormal Project’ and a Furtutre Project

I’m sorry I haven’t been all too active as of lately, been going through a lot of personal issues as well as been really busy. So, the quick update on The Paranormal Project. Although it’s been delayed a bit (looking at September/October release), it is on its way. To add to that, I have started a side project that has been an obsession of mine for the last few years.

I have started to work on a re-write of the Lewis Caroll classic ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.’ It will be completely re-written in a very dark environment and set in modern times. Depending on how it goes, it is planned to be a 5-part saga. He’s a quick summary.

“The story starts off with Alice Liddell being committed to ‘St. Anthony’s Sanatarium’ and is being questioned by her new psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Lipman. Quickly seeing that Alice is unlike any other patient in the Sanatarium, he wished to hear her story first hand.
Alice Liddell is an ordinary 21-year-old living in the slums of New York. When it comes to most in her situation, when the work week ends, it’s time to party it up, and Alice is no exception. In the early hours of the morning, Alice starts to head to her apartment, when she sees a white rabbit the size of a large dog wearing a gold pocket watch around it’s neck. for some reason unknown to her, she decided to follow it. She only loses sight of it for a second, only to find it again by tripping over it’s corpse and falling into a rabbit hole.
When she reaches the bottom, she finds herself no longer on earth, but in this Hellish like world, where the very ground she steps is covered in the skeletons of those who could not escape the four-winged creature that now flew over top of her. Alice must travel through this world of nightmares and survive not only the world itself, but also the sadistic Queen of Hearts. On her way she meets the cryptic, yet helpful Chesire Cat, the Hannibal like Hatter as well as many other classic and new characters in this twisted and new re-telling of the classic story. This is Wonderland as it has never been seen before.”

I am in extremely early stages of the story, as Paranormal Project is still my priority. However, I am expecting ‘WONDERLAND’ to be released around October 2018. As always, Thank you for your seemingly never ending support!

Insparations

For those of you who have read my work and are following this blog, you probably already know that Stephen King was one of my inspirations. So I thought I’d make a list of my top five Inspirations. As they important for any aspiring writer of any kind to have.

#5 Stephen King – The King of written horror is indeed one of the biggest inspirations for me. A few Favourites of mine would be Pet Sematary, IT, Christine, and the entire Full Dark, No Stars novella collection. This man almost single-handedly changed the way horror is done and had been done up until this point.

#4 H.P. Lovecraft – Unlike King, who I felt started releasing his books at the exact right time for him to rise up to who he is. I feel that Lovecraft was very much so ahead of his time. With is bizarre works and stories into other dimensions, I feel that his work is very often overlooked and hardly anyone, until more recent years, really knew who he was.

#3 Me- And at first people may think that I’m self-absolved by inspiring myself to write. But at both the beginning and the end of the day, it is you who has to do the work, it’s you who has to come up with the ideas. If you can’t inspire yourself to create, then who can?

#2 Avril Lavinge – This was a young woman with a dream who able to go out and make it happen. And man does she ever have one hell of a serious talent, did you know that she was one of the few artists out there who only uses autotune as an effect. 99% of what you’re hearing is her actual voice!

#1 Those who believed in me and stood by me from the start. Back when most of my novels were just sitting in a desk, collecting dust. And now, because these people refused to give on me, even when I did, these novels are seeing the light of day for the first time. These people truly do mean the world to me.

If you have inspirations you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them!

HEY, GUYS! JUST A QUESTION!

In just the short time that this blog has been up, I have covered a fair bit, and there is still a lot to tell, but my question to you is, ‘Is there anything you would like to know that isn’t in this blog?’ I’d like to make this thing personal to you guys as well, so if you’d like to know something that I haven’t covered or haven’t gone into much detail with let me know so I can!

Fountain Pens – The Ones I Use

Now, I have had a lot of questions asked since I posted my opinion on mediums about the fountain pens that I use. So, I decided to do a special post all about them, just for you guys!IMG_0007

Now, I am not endorsed by either of the companies that I use (although I should be! lol), this is just what I like and what I find works best. I will be going in order from my least favorite to my favorite as well as a little segment at the end on how to fill them.

This is my Parker Urban starter set

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I wasn’t planning on getting this one, but I was only using cartridges at the time and wanted to try bottled ink. This starter set was an excellent buy and it was almost the same price as getting what I wanted on its own, so I figured why not pay a little extra and get a pen I can travel with as well. This Starter set came with a Parker black Urban fountain pen (as shown), a (57ml) bottle of Parker Quink black ink, 2 black ink cartridges, 2 blue ink cartridges, an ink converter, a cleaning cloth as well as a guide. I paid $70 for this on Amazon.

Now, even though this is my least favorite, that doesn’t mean I don’t like it, I just like my other ones more. When I got this set, I wasn’t really getting it for the pen, but when I got it, the pen was far better than I expected it to be. It writes fairly smooth and it’s comfortable to hold. What I don’t like about this pen is that it is made from a firm plastic and has no real weight to it at all. It feels a little odd to me, and I also don’t like the nib style of this pen, because it’s smaller you need to put a bit more pressure on it in order to write properly. The nib on this pen is a ‘Medium’ nib, but truthfully I find that it writes closer to a “Fine” than a “Medium.” With that being said, it is an excellent starter kit, and if you’re thinking about getting a fountain pen for the first time, this is the one I would get. It’s not expensive, and it gives you both options of a cartridge and bottle so that you can find out which you can like better.

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This one here is my Parker IM Premium Twin Chiseled Fountain pen

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This one is the newest pen to my collection, and I was very happy with this pen. I use this one mostly as a backup to my two main pens, mostly for when they’re being cleaned. This pen came in a standard Parker box with 1 blue ink cartridge. For being a chrome pen, I found it to be rather light, but with that being said it is very comfortable and much easier to write with than the ‘Urban’ is. This pen nib is classified as a ‘Medium,’ but I found it was closer to a ‘Bold,’ and is the boldest writing pen that I have. You can get one of these bad boys for around $65

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This is my Parker black Monochrome fountain Pen with 18k gold nib

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There are almost no words to describe how much I love this pen! It was an early birthday present to myself – I know me so well!- and the only thing I own with gold in it. It has a bit more weight to it than the other two pens I talked about, and it feels extremely solid in your hands. The ink just seems to glide from this ‘Medium’ nib and no pressure is needed at all to write with the clarity that I like. The 1, and the only reason that this pen is not my favorite is because the pen itself is a little wide for my liking. It comes with an ink converter and a pack of 5 black ink cartridge refills as well as it came in a beautiful gift box. In the box, it also came with a cleaning cloth and a dust cover for the pen. Due to its price, I would only get this pen if you really like writing with fountain pens. It ran me $360. I regret absolutely nothing!

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And this was my first, and favorite fountain pen. My Cross polished chrome Townsend.

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This one is a lot like my Parker Monochrome pen. Solid weight, writes flawlessly, and best of all, it was close to half the price of The Parker monochrome. It came in a wooden gift box with 2 ink cartridges. This pen may also be engraved if you wish, and it won’t fuck up the pen. I plan to do this with my name on the cap. This is also the pen I used to write The Paranormal Project. The price of this stunning pen is $180.

Now, as promised, I will post a bit on how to work them for those who are wondering.

To use an Ink bottle, you will need your pen and a converter (usually under $12) mine are all push in (although depending on the pen, some screw in). You simply dip the nib of the pen into the ink bottle and suck up the ink with the converter. Afterward, you clean the nib with a lint free cloth.

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Ink cartridges are even easier to use, but if you write a lot, it can rack up a pretty penny fast. You simply open the pen and push (or screw) the cartridge in. put the pen back together and you’re done!

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On the left is a pack of standard Parker Quink cartridges (also shown in pen), and on right is a standard pack for Cross. Both packs will run about $7 each. With a bottle of Parker Quink (57ml being standard), will run you around $11. About 1/2 finished my first bottle and I have gotten around 7 refills so far, and the converters (when full) hold around 1 1/2 times more ink than the cartridges. Sometimes you even run across good deals on the ink when you buy in bulk. I got 24 (30ml) bottles for $100. Because I write a lot and this will last me a while! Normally I would have spent close to $135 to get the same amount, and I still get over a half bottle more this way!

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Standard size on left (57ml), mini on the right (30ml) all prices were listed in Canadian dollars.

Did you guys like this review? Did you have any questions that I haven’t answered? Let me know in the comments!

Choosing Your Medium

So, you have your idea and have pretty good idea of where you would like to go with it, now it’s time to start writing. So, here is a question I would like you to ask yourself. Which medium would you like to use? Sounds a bit odd, I know. But this helps a lot. I know a lot of people think you should only use word processors, and I agree with this only while doing the 2nd, 3rd etc, drafts and editing. I prefer to write all my manuscripts by hand, I use Cross and Parker fountain pens to do this, I love the feel of this, and I feel it helps me to write. I’ll get into a few of the pros and cons of methods I’ve used, try them out and see which one works best for you.

Word Processor – PROS. When using a word process your draft has already been created digitally, so you can make as many backup copies as you’d like (I have 10 of everything). Also, depending if you are planning to publish your work eventually, you will more than likely need a digital copy anyway. It’s faster and if you have a decent spelling and grammar check program, it will catch a lot and make things easier for editing later on.

Also, depending if you are planning to publish your work eventually, you will more than likely need a digital copy anyway. It’s faster and if you have a decent spelling and grammar check program, it will catch a lot and make things easier for editing later on.

It’s faster and if you have a decent spelling and grammar check program, it will catch a lot and make things easier for editing later on.

CONS. Most word processor programs are a pain in the ass to use and a lot of the built in spell checks suck. I use Microsoft Word and a Grammarly add-on now, which seems to do the job rather well. As some of you may already know, these programs cost a pretty penny, and when I started, I didn’t have enough extra cash to get a decent computer let alone a good word processor. There is a free version of Grammarly and it works very well, and for the processor itself, I used Apache Open Office. I used this to write both Diary Of Jane and Whispers In the night. It was by no means a bad set up, I just found it to be very frustrating at times to use. Those are just examples, there are literally hundreds of different programs you can use.

I don’t trust them. Because they are digital, they are by nature prone to problems. A real life example is when your swapping files between yourself and your editor. With the very first run of Whispers In The Night, the edited file didn’t save. So I released and promoted an unedited copy of the book, because the two files didn’t convert properly. Was not a happy camper when I found this out.

They are connected to distractions. They are built into a computer which more than likely will have internet access. Not a good thing when you’re trying to get shit done.

I find it harder to find mistakes. Mistakes happen, they happen a lot when you’re writing and there is no real way to avoid this, even some of the biggest names out there have mistakes in their books. The only thing you can do is catch as many of them as you possibly can on your own before the book goes to an editor. And even though spell checks help a lot, to my knowledge, there isn’t one in existence that will catch everything. So keep your eyes peeled!

 

Now we go onto the good old fashion pen and paper! When I say old fashion, I mean fountain pens! In my earliest days of writing (when I was around 9), this and an old typewriter is what I used.

PROS. The words seem to glide easier (to me at least). When I went back to this style of writing, I found myself falling in love with the craft all over again.

You can take this anywhere without having to take your computer with you! All you need is a pen of your choice and a few sheets of paper and you’re good to go! On a break a work? On a walk or at a family gathering that you really don’t want to be at? This is my ideal choice.

No distractions! You can’t very well check out Facebook with a pen and paper now can you?

This is an excellent way to notice mistakes and detail your book when you’re transferring it to a digital platform. This is true because while you’re doing so, you need to re-read every single word you wrote, and then type it out.

If you like to have a printed copy to check over. It’s cheaper. Now, this also depends on the kind of printer that you have. The average printer will cost you around $60-80. Not so bad, right? Until you factor in that ink is around $30 a cartridge. And one cartridge will only do about 60-70 pages if you’re lucky. which means (depending on book size) your spending around $60-90 or more, per printed draft of your book, before it has even been released. And if you’re draft happy like me, that’s a shit load of dough. For a decent fountain pen your roughly spending $50- 80 and if you use bottled ink, it’s about $10 a bottle. Which tends to last me around 400-500 pages. Now, if you like to have printed copies, I suggest getting a small office printer. They cost around $150 and ink refills are around $100, but they do 2600 pages per refill! And they tend to last a really long time.

CONS. It takes a really long time to write like this. sometimes over twice as long, and if you’re trying to get a bunch of books released, fast. This will not work for you.

You have to make it digital anyway. It’s a very love-hate thing with this one.

You only have 1 draft. The single biggest downfall I find is that you only have one draft, you can’t make 10 copies and save them to memory cards and USB drives. That one draft is all you have, so if anything happens to it, you’re fucked. I scan each page once I’m done, just in case.

You run out of ink. There is nothing worse than being right in the middle of something good, only to run out of ink. A good thing about digital is that the writing space is endless.

 

I hope that this was able to help a few of you guys who were wondering which one would work best for you. If you want to get a fountain pen and have never used one before, TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT! There are a lot of shit ones out there, even some of the ones with big name brands. And do your research on the printers, I use a black and white Brother. Keep in mind, all the prices I listed are in Canadain and may change, but it gives you a rough idea.

Did I miss anything? You do you have a way that works well for you that I didn’t mention? Let me know!

New Idea- Any Thoughts?

So, I was in the middle of waiting tables last night. And thought to myself, I need to reach more readers, so how do I do this? Maybe by offering more than just strictly horror novels? So, I came up with this idea about a modern day Grimm reaper named Rebecca Shaw. She would age, only a third as fast as normal humans do. And doesn’t want to be a Grimm Reaper. Has control over life and death, and can see how people will die by a single touch. I want this to be a mix of Horror, comedy, drama and fantasy. Of course, there would be people who know what she really is and it would be all about her life. Was thinking that this could even be a series. The Rebecca Shaw Chronicles. I like how that sounds. Maybe release 2 a year until it’s finished, and if possible, co-write with other authors.

Write Like A Writer

If you want to be a writer, start by writing like one. I am not talking about writing a 1000 words a day or anything like that, that’s later. I am talking about using grammar, correct spelling, make sure your sentences have structure to them. Even if all you’re doing is texting your friend. The more that you do this, the better that you get. Do this whenever you can, and you WILL get better at it. Trust me, my spelling and Grammar was complete shit before I started doing this. There was a good reason I went through 27 editors. I admit, I still need to do work on this myself, but it’s worth it. And it makes the pain in ass process of editing go faster, so that you can get back to what you love doing! And also, there will be less of a chance for mistakes to surface, which can be distracting to readers.

Where To Start

So you have an idea in your head, or if you’re anything like me, you literally have thousands. So what do you do with them? Really there is no right or wrong answer to this question, it’s whatever works best for you. I have a book I call my ledger, to be accurate, it’s about 4 books, and I would write this idea in my ledger. And when it’s time to write I choose and idea from this ledger, sometimes I combine a few of them. I will spend anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks coming up with this Core idea because it is this idea that drives the entire story. Even if the story ends in a completely different place from where it started, it is the core idea that brings it there. I used this method for both the Diary Of Jane and Whispers In The Night.

However, there are also sub-core ideas. And I used this while writing, The Paranormal Project. This is a story where there is a main and driving idea, but also a secondary one that separate from the main one. I think it is very important that all of your sub-Core ideas branch off your main Core idea, or else it can become very confusing. I think it really depends on the kind of story that you’re trying to tell on whether or not you even need a sub-Core mixed in there at all.

Have any questions? Comments? Or any person remarks as well as areas you’d like to see me cover at all. Then let me know in the comments!